Pursuing Your Career

Résumé Essentials 3rd Edition

The first in my ‘Career Essentials’ series, this book provides a straightforward guide to writing résumés and cover letters that help jobseekers stand out from the crowd of applicants and get interviews. I include over 20 sample résumés in the book and include guidance on developing résumés that will more likely survive being processed through applicant tracking software (ATS), which is programming many companies now utilize to filter out the applicants the system deams the best fit. I also included guidance for creating a LinkedIn page in this edition. I kept the book low-cost ($4.99 paperback) as many recent grades/jobseekers are usually lacking funds to hire a career coach or résumé writer (career coaches also recieve training and are tested on their ability to write effective résumés and cover letters, but career coaches receive a significant amount of additional training and testing related to helping professionals find employment and build a successful career).

This edition received a 5 star rating from Readers’ Favorite:

From ‘READERS’ FAVORITE’ – 5 Stars
Résumé Essentials: Do’s, Don’ts & It Depends – With Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and LinkedIn Updates by Neil O’Donnell is a short “how-to” book on the art of résumé writing. Résumé Essentials is essentially a book that describes what are the common pitfalls one encounters in résumés, what hiring managers typically look for on paper when they first receive a résumé, the importance of proofreading and error-free copy, as well as the basics of formatting such as font, spacing, style and the content that is required. The book focuses on the importance of a LinkedIn profile, as well as the applicant tracking systems that are widely used. The latter half of the book contains several résumé samples for various job descriptions that provide examples of how each résumé should be individualized according to the background, experience, and job profile.
Although there are hundreds of résumé writing books available, I thought Résumé Essentials: Do’s, Don’ts & It Depends was still a useful read. The fact that it is quite brief actually makes it easier to parse through the information quickly and easily. All of the main points involved in résumé writing are covered and I especially liked how Neil O’Donnell has provided several samples of résumés, each with different style and content, to give an idea of the variety of résumés that can be created and customized. The book moves through each chapter quickly after covering the main points. Overall, I think this could be a useful book for job seekers in any field.